Puppies are born under supervision in a safe, stimulating & clean environment. They are in a quiet and safe nursery with their mommy until 4 weeks of age.
At 4-5 weeks of age they begin to explore, potty on their own and are introduced to puppy food and potty training even eventually to use a doggy door all on their own to go outside to do their business!
NO! Pups are never taught to potty on pee pads, litter boxes, newspaper or any of the "convenient" methods that hold the puppy back from learning whats natural- doing their business outdoors! This is more work for us, and around the clock care to keep the potty business in the potty area and the sleep/play area sparkling clean (the puppies have their own washing machine and maid-ha!) but its the right way and benefits each puppy and their family tremendously.
YES! using a doggy door here at a tender age is beneficial to any household without one. The concept is simple- puppies begin to potty on their own around 4 weeks of age, they are not able to hold it for any amount of time at this point so we provide them with a sufficient sized area just for bedding that has a doggy door leading to a much larger outside area with a potty patch (artificial grass) they are trained to use. Our pups comprehend the concept of pottying outside long before they are capable of letting a human know they need to potty. This is a huge milestone at a tender age and rather than being taught a whole new concept in their new home they only need to be redirected in the appropriate area with your schedule!
Puppies are socialized with people, other animals (cats, smaller dogs & even a bunny!) and get to play outside in the grass & sunshine for several hours per day in good weather! They are analyzed for both sound health & disposition making them the finest example of a Golden Retriever- best recognized as being "The loyal family dog"
A deposit is required before welcoming you to our home as is in the best interest and safety of us as well as avoiding any impulse buys & kennel shopping- a sound decision is of the upmost importance. All details can be found on our website about us, our dogs and our litters to make a solid commitment with confidence- we stand behind our word and each puppy for their lifetime (references available)!
We accept deposits once a litter is born, for a choosing order. A meet & greet for families that have placed a deposit to visit us and choose their pup is scheduled at/around 6-8 weeks of age-after their first puppy vaccination and when personalities have emerged.
We look forward to meeting each family we have carefully chosen for our puppies; with the puppies health being top priority it is imperative to wait until the litter has had their wellness check and first puppy vaccination prior to welcoming people into our kennel. We strive for this be a joyous experience for the everyone!
The entire family including children are more than welcome when you visit your new puppy- however other pets are not permitted as it is not the proper place for that introduction or in the best interest of the other puppies & dogs here. Thanks for your understanding!
Our puppies do not tend to have sensitive tummies and we sometimes switch food brands ourselves, making selecting a brand suitable for your budget & location not an issue at all. A quality brand we trust & use is Blue Buffalo. Puppy food should be fed until 12-18 months (your vet can better determine when you should switch to adult food). Feel free to choose the puppy food of your choice- we will send home some of ours to transition with!
When food shopping be sure to determine what is your most important quality; price, purchase location, ingredients. Always read the label on the back of the bag to ensure you are getting what you pay for. A meat based food and/or grain free will be your best option for optimal health.
We feed 2x a day (morning & evening). A feeding chart will be on the back of your food of choice, each brand varies so be sure to check the bag to find the amount needed each day.
Crate- Your puppy will need a space safe for them to be unsupervised until trained. Wire crates are a great choice, you will need a size medium/intermediate (approx. 36" length). This size will fit your dog as an adult and most come with a divider to make it smaller while they are. We can have one ready for you when you pick up your puppy- Order here!
Puppy Essentials- Your puppy will need puppy food a collar/harness, leash, food & water dishes, puppy shampoo, toys of different varieties etc.
We can also have a kit made up specially for your puppy with all the basics his/her first few months. A bag of their current food also available per request. Order here!
Other helpful options are a baby gate to block them off in a smaller area of your home or an exercise pen! All are great options and completely your personal preference, I use a combination here with each litter and they are accustomed.
We are located in Mechanicsburg- Ohio close to Dayton, Columbus & Cincinnati!
We welcome out of state adoptions, we've had many bordering states that visit to adopt a puppy! It is preferred the travel is made here to visit our location and meet us in person-I'm a handshake kinda gal!
We prefer not ship puppies via cargo but you are welcome to fly in to meet with us (airport meeting can be arranged) and take your puppy home as a carry-on for your flight home (less traumatic for the pup)
Our puppies have traveled to the many states listed below so far!
HD Goldens is a small in-home kennel with a big passion for the loving, gentle, loyal nature of Golden Retrievers.
Our breeding program is established with passion for the breed, love for the animals and most importantly professionalism and integrity. We strive to provide loving families with the perfect example of the Golden Retriever breed; outstanding in appearance, intelligence and demeanor.
We specialize in a variety of colors including English Creme, light & medium gold and red- all with hearts of gold! All of our dogs have completed and passed thorough vet exams, approved for breeding and are sound in health and genetics which they pass down to their beautiful and intelligent offspring. Genetic health info of offspring is also monitored and clear to date!
Each puppy is raised in professional hands and well socialized giving them the best start to being the perfect family companion. Much time and dedication is put into each dog, litter and finally each puppy. Raising dogs is a lifestyle rather than a hobby here at HD Goldens, a solid breeding program requires several dogs with excellent genetics and demeanor, around the clock care and most importantly- the dedication to maintain the health and well being in each and every dog & puppy here. My dogs are my family!
Our breeding program & facility is state licensed & inspected with the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture, which we are required as a breeder to obtain & renew yearly. HD Goldens is in great standing with the American Kennel Club which also requires routine kennel & record inspection and a member of the Golden Retriever Club of America. These things are crucial for a reputable breeder to ensure breeding is done properly, legally and in healthy conditions-be sure this is upheld by anyone you purchase a puppy from (it is a state/legal requirement to uphold a license to sell a litter of puppies learn more here. Naturally while abiding by these state regulated rules it is my obligation to place each puppy in a loving pet home without breeding rights
Golden Retriever's are made of a Pure Heart & a Happy Soul